Sherlock Holmes - The Case of the Shy Ballerina
The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Run time 27 minutesProducer Sheldon ReynoldsAudio/Visual mono, b/wLanguage English
"The Case of the Shy Ballerina"
Originally aired November 22, 1954.
A simple case of mistakenly switched coats suddenly turns into blackmail and then murder! When poor Watson's hat was found at the scene of the crime, even he becomes a suspect.
This episode features Natalie Schaffer, best known in her role later on in television history as Mrs. Lovey Howell in Gilligan's Island.
Written by Charles Early
Produced and Directed by Sheldon Reynolds
Ronald Howard ............. Sherlock Holmes
Howard Marion-Crawford .... Dr. John H. Watson (as H. Marion Crawford)
Archie Duncan ............. Inspector Lestrade
Natalie Schafer ........... Mrs. Elaine Chelton (as Nathalie Schafer)
Eugene Deckers ............ Serge Smernoff
Martine Alexis ............ Olga Yaclanoff
February 26, 2009
Classic TV - A must for Holmes Fans
this site introduced me to Ronald Howard as Sherlock Holmes and I shall be for ever grateful. After watching the eight episodes available here, I treated myself to all 37 episodes made on a DVD collection!!
The TV series was never shown in the UK until a few years ago when a satellite channel called Bonanza continually repeated 8 episodes on a daily basis before going bust, They have recently reappeared as the Young@heart channel, repeating the same 8 episodes.
Howard is excellent as Holmes and his Dr Watson is almost as funny as Nigel Bruce was with Basil Rathbone. Archie Duncan (Little John from the 50s British Robin Hood TV series) plays a brilliant, if somewhat grumpy, Inspector Lestrade. The story lines are a little stilted and very dated but all in all, these shows are television history at its best.